Zoketsu Norman Fischer

Born: 1946

Zoketsu Norman Fischer is an American poet, writer, and Soto Zen priest, teaching and practicing in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki. He is a Dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman, from whom he received Dharma transmission in 1988.

Zola Budd

Born: May 26, 1966

Zola Pieterse is a middle-distance and long-distance runner. She competed at the 1984 Olympic Games for Great Britain and the 1992 Olympic Games for South Africa, both times in the 3000 metres. In 1984 and 1985, she broke the world record in the women's 5000 metres.

Zola Jesus

Born: April 11, 1989

Nicole Hummel, known professionally as Zola Jesus and also as Nika Danilova, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. She has released four EPs and five full-length albums that combine electronic, industrial, classical, and goth.

Zoltan Kodaly

Born: December 16, 1882 Died: March 6, 1967

Zoltán Kodály was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is well known internationally as the creator of the Kodály Method.

Zong Qinghou

Born: October 1945

Zong Qinghou is a Chinese billionaire businessman, and the founder, chairman and CEO of the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, the leading beverage company in China. He was ranked as China's richest man in 2012 and second-richest in 2013, according to the China Rich List, published by Hurun Report.

Zooey Deschanel

Born: January 17, 1980

Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, model, and singer-songwriter. She made her film debut in Mumford and next obtained a supporting role in Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous.

Zora Neale Hurston

Born: January 7, 1891 Died: January 28, 1960

Zora Neale Hurston was an American author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. She portrayed racial struggles in the early-20th-century American South and published research on Haitian Vodou. The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937.

Zosia Mamet

Born: February 2, 1988

Zosia Russell Mamet is an American actress and musician, who has appeared in television series including Mad Men, United States of Tara and Parenthood and as Shoshanna Shapiro on the HBO original series Girls.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Born: February 6, 1917 Died: December 18, 2016

Zsa Zsa Gabor was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. Her sisters were actresses Eva and Magda Gabor. Gabor began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She emigrated from Hungary to the United States in 1941.

Zubin Mehta

Born: April 29, 1936

Zubin Mehta is an Indian conductor of Western and Eastern classical music. He was the music director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and is Conductor Emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mehta's father was the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra, and Mehta received his early musical education from him.

Zuleikha Robinson

Born: June 29, 1977

Zuleikha Robinson is a British actress. She has appeared in the films Hidalgo, The Merchant of Venice and The Namesake. Robinson later was a regular cast member on the ABC series Lost, Showtime's political thriller Homeland and the Fox drama The Following.

Zygmunt Bauman

Born: November 19, 1925 Died: January 9, 2017

Zygmunt Bauman was a Polish-British sociologist and philosopher. He was driven out of the Polish People's Republic during the 1968 Polish political crisis and forced to give up his Polish citizenship. He emigrated to Israel; three years later he moved to the United Kingdom.